The Arts allows students to explore and expand upon their critical and creative thinking skills. Students are given the opportunity to undertake a range of Arts based subjects through Year 7 and 8. This allows students to develop key knowledge relating to each subject, while also allowing students to make informed choices about their subject selection when choosing electives through Year 9 and 10.

At Cranbourne East Secondary College our students are given the opportunity to study subject areas such as: 

Drama teaches students transferable skills that they are able to take into other aspects of their study and everyday life.

It is important that our young people are able to think critically, creatively, and solve complex problems and decisions collaboratively. At a junior level Drama is focused on developing the expressive skills of voice, gesture, facial expression and movement, as well as implementing theatre styles to create and devise their own performances in groups.

From Year 9 onwards students will have the opportunity to see professional theatre performances and analyse them. Students will also develop an understanding of production areas, dramatic elements and theatrical conventions while also experimenting with an eclectic range of theatre styles through class workshops and rehearsals.

The music program at Cranbourne East Secondary College provides all students with the opportunity to engage with music as a listener, composer and performer.

Music is a heavily practical subject while also studying essential theoretical concepts. Students will learn how to play simple songs on the Guitar, Keyboard and learn simple rhythms using the Drum Kit and hand percussion.

Students will also use digital software to create a 2-3 minute composition.

Media aims to educate students on the impact that the media (movies, video games, social media, radio, news etc) has on society.

As a philosophical subject Media has no right or wrong answer, instead students are educated on the bias that the media can place on issues and learn to use a critical eye when consuming media.

Students will learn how to use photoshop, podcasting equipment as well as movie making software and apply these skills through their assessment tasks.

Dance is offered as an elective at Cranbourne East Secondary College from Year 9 onwards. However, passionate Year 7 and 8 students are able to participate in our Junior Dance Club which runs during lunchtime.

The Dance curriculum is committed to ensuring students have the opportunity to develop strong dance technique, learn a variety of styles and refine their performance skills.

Dance requires students to generate ideas both individually and in groups and communicate these ideas through the use of movement vocabulary. Students will also learn dance works from professional choreographers 

Students undertake Visual Art at a junior level and are given the opportunity to explore a range of mediums that they are able to pursue as electives from Year 9.

In the Year 9 and 10 Visual Arts elective students are introduced to and experiment with a wide variety of art mediums such as: painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and many more.

Students will get to know the work of contemporary and historic artists from around the world, focusing on the materials and techniques the artists used to create meaning in their artworks.


Ceramics allows students to investigate how everyday items are created and gives them the opportunity to make their own ceramicware.

Students will learn the specific process for turning wet clay into a functional piece of dinnerware. Skills such as: slab rolling, clay joining, burnishing, wheel throwing and glazing will be focused on.

In photography, students learn how to operate a mirrorless camera using manual settings.

Students will experiment with different shooting techniques such as: short exposure, long exposure, additional lighting etc.

In the photography unit, students will study photographers to examine how they have created their style and how they tell stories using photographs. 



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